As the mother of two who spent their lives in Queens public schools, Elizabeth understands no issue is more important than fighting for improved educational opportunities for our children.
When she was first elected to the New York City Council, Elizabeth’s represented the most overcrowded school district in the city. Over the course of her tenure, she fought to expand classrooms and succeeded: Elizabeth added 6,000 extra public-school seats, and her district no longer has the most overcrowded classrooms as a result.
But there is still a tremendous amount that needs to be done. Elizabeth understands that New York is failing Queens’ students and is not giving our children their fair share of resources. As a borough, we receive nearly $2,000 less funding from the city and state than the city average. This and our schools’ building utilization exceeding 105% are recipes for disaster. And there’s little doubt that all of our CUNY institutions need continued support—and none with as great a need as York College. As borough president, Elizabeth will advocate for significant investment in higher learning.
Elizabeth understands that the borough president must be committed to celebrating the impact of gifted and talented schools in our community—that’s why she will fight to protect the SHSAT and opposes the mayor’s and Department of Education’s radical plans to overhaul our school admissions programs without any community input. Simply put, we cannot have out-of-touch, out-of-borough interests forcing Queens to dramatically change the way we educate our children.
She also knows the utility of expanding career and technical education (CTE) programming throughout Queens. As borough president, Elizabeth will emphasize the need for our children to be ready for the 21st-century economy and improving the skill set of our students should be a top priority for Queens’ education system.